The Fam­ily Cen­ter un­veils new logo

Record Observer - - Community - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

SUDLERSVILLE — The Fam­ily Cen­ter of Queen Anne’s County has a new logo and a mes­sage it wants to get out to res­i­dents.

“We serve all of Queen Anne’s County,” said Di­rec­tor Jenny Cross­ley. “We’re find­ing be­cause we’re lo­cated in Sudlersville, a lot of peo­ple think we only serve Sudlersville, but that’s not true.”

The Fam­ily Cen­ter’s af­fil­i­a­tion with the Judy Cen­ter is an­other source of con­fu­sion; The Fam­ily Cen­ter is a Judy Cen­ter part­ner, but a sep­a­rate en­tity of­fer­ing to­tally dif­fer­ent ser­vices, she said.

The Fam­ily Cen­ter is a Mary­land Fam­ily Net­work grant-funded or­ga­ni­za­tion serv­ing fam­i­lies with child un­der age 4. It falls un­der the purview of the Queen Anne’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Its mis­sion is “em­pow­er­ing par­ents and chil­dren to shine,” Cross­ley said. “We want to find th­ese chil­dren and have them ready learn.”

Those words are now fea­tured in the new logo, which states: The Fam­ily Cen­ter of Queen Anne’s County Em­pow­er­ing Par­ents and Chil­dren to Shine. It fea­tures a to bright yel­low-or­ange sun with a heart in­side it.

The cen­ter ac­com­plishes this goal by pro­vid­ing sup­ports for fam­i­lies with young chil­dren in be­com­ing pre­pared for school suc­cess and em­pow­er­ing and ed­u­cat­ing par­ents to be their child’s first and most im­por­tant teach­ers, ac­cord­ing to Fam­ily Cen­ter lit­er­a­ture. It in­cor­po­rates adult ed­u­ca­tion, early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion, nur­tur­ing/par­ent ed­u­ca­tion, nu­tri­tion/health ed­u­ca­tion and fam­ily lit­er­acy op­por­tu­ni­ties. The cen­ter of­fers English as a Se­cond Lan­guage classes and re­cently be­gan a new nu­tur­ing class.

Cross­ley said she loves be­ing un­der the board of ed­u­ca­tion, “It pro­vides a con­tin­uum of learn­ing be­gin­ning at birth.”

The cen­ter is open year round, Mon­day through Thursday. It of­fers both cen­ter-based and home vis­it­ing ser­vices.

Cross­ley said she hope the new logo will help the cen­ter to brand it­self and help peo­ple know where it is and what it pro­vides. The logo was de­signed by artist Dawn Graney, who is friend’s with one of the cen­ter’s child de­vel­op­ment spe­cial­ists and fa­mil­iar with the cen­ter.

There are many op­por­tu­ni­ties for vol­un­teers, Cross­ley said. They in­clude as­sist­ing in child de­vel­op­ment class­rooms, teach a class for par­ent ed­u­ca­tion and help­ing with ad­min­is­tra­tive tasks.

Do­na­tions of baby items, such as di­a­pers and wipes or in­fant and tod­dler books, are al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated.

Mon­e­tary do­na­tions are used for class­room sup­plies, ed­u­ca­tional field trips and snacks.

Ser­vices are free. Fundrais­ing ef­forts plus com­mu­nity do­na­tions help sup­port the pro­gram so ser­vices can be pro­vided with­out charge.

The cen­ter is lo­cated at 103 N. Lin­den St., be­hind Phillips Garage. The phone num­ber is 410-438-3182. Or check out the Fam­ily Cen­ter on Face­book.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Di­rec­tor Jennifer Cross­ley dis­plays The Fam­ily Cen­ter’s new logo, which fea­tures a bright yel­low sun with a heart in­side. She said the cen­ter em­pow­ers fam­i­lies to shine.

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